A few miles down the road, a woman passed by honking and waving and I thought that must be who I'm staying with tonight... And sure enough! It was Jenn and her kids. It was a nice walking day, the sun was out here and there and it didn't rain. I walked through tons of apple, cherry and peach orchards and all day there was a very, very sweet smell to the air from one of the native trees that was blooming, with shiny silver-green leaves and yellow puff-ball flowers. I followed the Columbia River for most of the day, and arrived and Jenn's house around 2. I hung out with their dog Kona by the water for awhile until the family came home.
I love this family! Jenn's kids were so cute and sweet, I got pictures and gifts and they made yummy snacks to munch on until dinner. Jenn grilled up some steak with a salad and bread, and a friend of their's came over, Brad, who said he could help me out with a contact in Douglas, which was GREATLY appreciated because there is basically nothing between Orondo and Coulee City. Jenn's husband Chris also came home in time for dinner, and the three of them talked business while I did some homework on mileage for the up coming week.
I also found out that night that someone I knew in High School just died from cancer. She was a year younger than me. Such a sweet heart, we weren't great friends, but I knew her well enough. Again, it feels like life is reminding me to keep living in the moment, and take it all in, because it could all be over so fast. LIVE LIFE.